Four months after the first novel coronavirus infection was confirmed in the United States, the virus has claimed more than 100,000 lives here. It has killed people in every state. It has found victims in dense cities and rural towns. Some of the victims were well-known; many were unsung.
Here are some significant developments:
- The virus has killed more than 354,000 people worldwide, and some experts are now warning that it may never go away, even after a vaccine is developed.
- President Trump, who had remained uncharacteristically silent on the mounting death toll, noted the “very sad milestone” with a tweet on Thursday morning: “To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!”
- The Trump administration mishandled the initial distribution of the only approved coronavirus medication, remdesivir, delaying treatment to some critically ill patients with covid-19.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs has drastically scaled back the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans with covid-19 after a major study raised questions about its efficacy and linked it to serious side effects, including higher risks of death.
- Jobless claims were filed by 2.1 million Americans last week, raising the 10-week total to more than 40 million. White House officials have decided not to release updated economic projections this summer, in a break from precedent.
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